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SLCL Human Subjects Review Committee. Who we are. Four faculty from SLCL: Melissa Bowles, Chair (SIP) Jos é Ignacio Hualde (Linguistics/SIP) Jennifer Cole (Linguistics) Rebecca Foote (SIP). What we do. Review exempt applications from SLCL faculty/students

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Who we are
Who we are

  • Four faculty from SLCL:

    • Melissa Bowles, Chair (SIP)

    • José Ignacio Hualde(Linguistics/SIP)

    • Jennifer Cole (Linguistics)

    • Rebecca Foote (SIP)

What we do
What we do

  • Review exempt applications from SLCL faculty/students

  • Shorter application and expedited review process compared to applications that go to campus IRB

What is considered exempt research
What is considered exempt research?

 Research conducted in established or commonly accepted educational settings, involving normal educational practices, such as: research on regular and special education instructional strategies, or research on the effectiveness of or the comparison among instructional techniques, curricula, or classroom management methods.


 Research involving the use of educational tests (cognitive, diagnostic, aptitude, achievement), survey procedures (paper or web-based questionnaires, reading of words and phrases [examples included with application], oral description of pictures [examples need to be included with application], retellings of stories or other facts of common knowledge [e.g., Little Red Riding Hood], interview procedures (guided interviews [questionnaire or list of topics included with application]; guided interactions between two or more speakers, free conversations [with the subjects’ stated right to have the entirety or any part of their conversation be excluded]), or observation of public behavior (e.g., recordings from publicly-broadcasted internet, radio, and television, publicly available corpora, etc.), unless:

  • information obtained is recorded in such a manner that human subjects can be identified, directly or through identifiers linked to the subjects; and

  • any disclosure of the human subjects' responses outside the research could reasonably place the subjects at risk of criminal or civil liability or be damaging to the subjects' financial standing, employability, or reputation.

What we can and cannot review
What we can and cannot review

  • We can review:

    • Exempt research

    • Adult (18 years or older) participants

    • Researchers all affiliated with UIUC

  • We cannot review:

    • Any research that does not fall under one of the two exemption categories

    • Any research with participants under age 18

    • Any research with researchers affiliated with another institution

    • Any research that has external funding (NSF, NIH, etc.)

Application process
Application process reviewed by the SLCL committee, send an email to the listserv:

  • All application materials available at the following website:


  • All applications must be approved and signed by a Responsible Principal Investigator (RPI), who is a member of UIUC faculty

  • In addition to signed application form, you must also submit:

    • Consent form(s), and their English translations if applicable

    • Training certificates (UIUC and CITI modules) <> for both RPI and other investigators

    • Recruitment announcement (email and/or poster)

  • You should expect to receive a response (either an approval or a request for revisions or additional information) within two weeks.

  • The Chair of the committee will email the RPI and all involved researchers.

  • The official approval letter will come by e-mail as a pdf attachment from the SLCL Director’s Office (Marlynna Schaefer).